The project: Creating audio (musical/spoken word,combination, etc) using "spam"(or "unsolicited electronic mail") email text as lyrical or thematic content.
What began as a simple administrative announcement on a Yahoo Group has become a CT-Collective Project. A person, virtual or real or both, by the name of “Teisha” started spamming the group with clearly “off-topic” posts. Users complained, and the moderator of the group took action. He sent an email to all stating that “Teisha is now banned.” Then someone suggested (I don’t know whether seriously or not) that “Teisha is now banned” sounded like a good name for a CT-Collective project. A few others, including myself, chimed in and after some exchanges, the project was created, and later formalized. The guidelines were simple: create a piece of audio using “spam” content as main thematic material.
1 Teisha's Magic Atom - Adam J. Wimbush
2 Cancer Money - Jagat Skad
3 Teisha - subscape annex
4 a teisha we all fall down - david cooper orton
5 don't waste your weiner - Nick Robinson
6 bored of spam - mank
7 no subject - Des Slow & The Stop Pills
8 Silence is banned - Peter Gambles
9 Teisha is banned - weg
10 Teisha in Delhi - rinus van alebeek
11 the v[agr@ effect - Anders Ostberg
12 I be Circuitous - norelpref
The CT Collective was originally started as a chain tape group; that is, as a group whose members recorded music by mailing a master tape throughout the United States and Europe. The finished tape was then cleaned up and distributed to the members as a CD. No one got paid for any of this, and the organization, mastering, and mailing of our collaborative projects was done by members who volunteered their time and resources.
Since then, we've started to do more than one project at a time, and we've also decided to streamline the recording process by having people simply mail their contributions to the person mastering the project. After this stage, copies go out to other people who have volunteered to duplicate CDs and distribute them to the contributors and to other interested parties.
As part of our effort to streamline what was otherwise a rather cumbersome process, we have organized a main mailing list through which all projects are now coordinated. As projects get underway, they get their own mailing list.